Dr Dexter Hunt MEng, PhD

Dexter Hunt

Department of Civil Engineering

Contact details

School of Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dexter is a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering within the fields of sustainability and underground construction.

Dexter has published >90 articles in scientific journals as well as reviews and book chapters in a range of international journals, conferences and trade articles. These include but are not limited to:

• ICE- Water management;
• ICE- Sustainable Engineering;
• ICE- Urban Design and Planning;
• ICE - Asset management;
• Sustainability;
• Water;
• Local Environment;
• Journal of Environmental Engineering;
• Global Environmental Change;
• Environment and Planning B;
• Journal of Mountain science;
• Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (TUST); Canadian Geotechnical journal;
• Geotechnique.

In addition Dr Hunt regularly reviews papers for a host of journals and was awarded ‘Outstanding Reviewer’ Status for TUST (top 10th percentile in terms of the number of reviews completed in the past two years) in 2015.

Dexter is an excellent communicator having honed these skills over many years rearing his children, tutoring, teaching and from research interaction with and between many students, academics and stakeholder audiences from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Dexter regularly presents and leads panels at national / international conferences and workshops.


Lecturer in Sustainability and Underground Construction

• Associate of the HEA, University of Birmingham, 2015
• PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2005
• MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2000

• Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers
• Member of the Eastside Advisory Group (2003 to 2008)
• Member of the Tysely Demonstrator Steering Group (2015 onward)
• Member of Tunneling Association (2003 onwards)


Dexter Hunt qualified with a MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 2000. He went on to study for an EPSRC-funded PhD (2000-3) on physical and numerical modelling of tunnelling soil-structure interaction.

Since this time Dexter has gained 12 years of highly multi-disciplinary EPSRC-funded PDRF experience on sustainable and resilient urban infrastructure systems. Dexter was subsequently appointed to Lecturer in 2015:

Current research project:

• Liveable Cities
University of Birmingham

This £6.3M programme Grant (2012-2017) looks to transform the engineering of cities to deliver global and societal wellbeing within the context of low carbon living and resource security through developing realistic and radical engineering that demonstrates the concept of an alternative future.

Previous Research projects:

• Sustainable Regeneration: from Evidence-based Urban Futures to Implementation
(Senior Research Fellow)
University of Birmingham

This £3.1 million project (2008-2012) established alternative future scenarios, and tested the sustainability impact of today's urban regeneration decisions. This culminated in A five-step tool http://designingresilientcities.co.uk/
accompanied by a practitioner guide titled ‘Designing Resilient Cities: A Guide to Good Practice’ (launched on the 18th April 2012)

• Sustainable Urban Regeneration of Eastside,
(Research Fellow)
University of Birmingham

This project explored how sustainability is addressed in the regeneration decision-making process and assessed the sustainability performance of development schemes in Birmingham Eastside against stated sustainability credentials and aspirations. During this project Dexter organised the SUE Vision into Action RF Conference in 2005, (rated as ‘Outstanding’ by its peers)

Prizes and Awards:

Dexter has been awarded the following prizes for best paper(s)

• ICE Trevithick Prize for best paper in Engineering Sustainability, 2012 http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/ensu.2009.162.3.135?journalCode=jensu

• ICE Asset Management Prize for best paper in Engineering Sustainability, 2015.


Teaching Programmes

Dr Hunt is involved with teaching underground construction and sustainability at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Sustainable Construction (MSc)
  • Underground Construction (MSc)
  • Infrastructure Development and Planning (MSc)
  • Geotechnical Engineering (Undergraduate)
  • Research Projects (MSc and Undergraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

Visiting academics (Research Theme):

  • Dr Yan-guo (2014 – 2015) visiting academic from Ghuangshou University – Research on Chinese sojourners, their activities and liveability within Birmingham.

PhD students (Research Theme):


• City Analysis Methodologies including aspects of urban metabolic studies in a context of enhanced resource security, one planet-low carbon living with enhanced wellbeing.
• Risk Analysis for a Pan-European Supergrid.
• Integration of Sustainability and Resilience into urban development processes – this includes such aspects as urban regeneration processes, Rainwater Harvesting and Greywater recycling systems, Energy systems, Sustainability Assessment, Whole Life Costing.
• The use of Future Urban Scenarios for Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure (and city) planning.
• Underground Ground Movements associated with multiple tunnel constructions in soft soils. In particular physical and numerical modelling using Finite Element Analysis.


Recent Publications

  • Torbaghan, M.E, Burrow, M, Hunt, D.V.L. (2015). Risk Assessment for a UK-Pan European Supergrid. International Journal of Energy Research. 39(11), 1564-1578.
  • Hale, J; Pugh, T; Sadler J; Boyko C; Brown J; Caputo S; Caserio M; Coles R; Farmani R; Hales C; Horsey, R; Hunt D.V.L; Leach J.; Rogers C.D.F; MacKenzie R. (2015) Delivering a multi-functional and resilient urban forestry. Sustainability 7, 4600-4624.
  • Bouch, C.J., Wallace, T, Kenny, R. Rogers, C.D.F., Hunt, D.V.L., Lee, S. (2015) A Novel Methodology for the Application of Middle-Out, Model-Based Systems Engineering Techniques for City Waste Management Systems Development. 25th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (IS2015) Seattle, July 13-16, 15 pages
  • Lee S.E., Leach, J.M., Hunt, D.V.L., and Rogers C.D.F. (2015) Material Flow Analysis: Outcome Focus (MFA:OF) for Elucidating the Role of Infrastructure in the Development of a Liveable City. Page 47-51
  • Hunt, D.V.L. and Rogers, C.D.F. (2015) Water awareness of Postgraduate Engineering students. Proceedings of the 5th World Sustain. Forum, Basel, Switzerland, 7-9 September.
  • Leach, J.M., Bartle, I., Hale, J.D., Bouch, C.J., Boyko, C.T., Lee S.E., Laurentiis, V., Cavada, M, Locret-Collet, M., Hunt, D.V.L., Sadler, J.P. and Rogers C.D.F. (2015). Critical infrastructures and sharing: implications for UK centralised infrastructure systems. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure, Washington D.C., United States of America. 8 pages
  • Hunt, D.V.L., Nash, D. and Rogers, C.D.F (2014). Sustainable utility placement via multi utility tunnels. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 39, 15-26 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2012.02.001. 3rd most downloaded paper for TUST in 2014.
  • Zadeh, S.M., Hunt, D.V.L., Lombardi, D. R., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014). Carbon costing for mixed-use greywater recycling systems. Proc. Institute of Civil Engineers: Water Management, 167 (8), 467-481 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/wama.12.00093
  • Hunt, D.V.L. and Rogers, C.D.F. (2014) A Benchmarking system for Domestic Water Use. Sustainability, 6, 2993-3018; http://doi:10.3390/su6052993.
  • Zadeh, S.M., Hunt, D.V.L., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014). Socio-Technological Influences on Future Water Demands. Water. 6 1961-1984; http://doi:10.3390/w6071961.
  • Shah, J., Jefferson, I. and Hunt, D.V.L. (2014) Resilience Assessment for Geotechnical Infrastructure Assets. Proc. Institute of Civil Engineers: Asset Management 1 (4), 95-104 http://doi:10.1680/iasma.14.00007.
  • Torbaghan, M.E, Hunt, D.V.L and Burrow, M (2014). Supergrid: projecting interconnection capacities for the UK. Proc. Institute of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability 167 (6), 249-263.
  • Makana, L.O., Jefferson, I., Hunt, D.V.L., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014). 3D Geospatial Visualization of Underground Space to Enhance Geo-governance. Geocongress 2014. pp. 3455-3464 http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784413272.335.
  • Shah, J., Jefferson, I., Ghataora, G and Hunt, D.V.L., (2014). Resilient Geotechnical Asset Management. Geocongress 2014. pp. 3769-3778, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/9780784413272.365
  • Lee, S.E., Leach, J., Hunt, D.V.L, Bouch, C., Rogers, C.D.F (2014). Development of a Resource Secure City using the City Analysis Methodology: the Liveable Cities approach to addressing this challenge over the next 50 years. Simplifying Assumptions in Models of Complex Systems: Break, Make, Justify Workshop. Biosciences Building. Birmingham University. 7 May 2014
  • Lee S.E., Hunt, D.V.L. Leach, J.M., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014) Material Flow Analysis: Outcome Focus (MFA:OF) for Elucidating the Role of Infrastructure in the Development of a Liveable City. International Symposium for next generation Infrastructure. 30th September to 1st October, Vienna. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/isngi/programme/materialflowanalysis
  • Hunt, D.V.L., Lee S.E., Leach, J.M., Bouch, C.J. and Rogers C.D.F. (2014). Urban Metabolism Assessment of Liveable Future UK Cities. Proceedings of the 4th World Sustain. Forum, 1-30 November 2014. Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 4, 2014. DOI: 10.3390/wsf-4-f010
  • Hunt D.V.L. and Rogers C.D.F. (2014) Rainwater harvesting: Trade-offs between pluvial flood risk alleviation and mains water resource savings Proceedings of the 4th World Sustain. Forum, 1-30 November 2014. Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 4, 2014. DOI: 10.3390/wsf-4-a006
  • De Laurentiis, V., Hunt, D.V.L., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014) Food security challenges: influences of an energy/water/food nexus. Proceedings of the 4th World Sustain. Forum, 1-30 November 2014. Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 4, 2014. doi:10.3390/wsf-4-g003
  • Kavada, M. X., Hunt, D.V.L., and Rogers C.D.F. (2014) Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures. Proceedings of the 4th World Sustain. Forum, 1-30 November 2014. Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 4, 2014. doi:10.3390/wsf-4-f004
  • Hale, J., Hunt D.V.L., Pugh, T.A.M., MacKenzie R., Sadler J.P., Rogers C.D.F and the Urban Futures team (2014) Future proofing the benefits of urban tree planting. Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBEII) international conference (May 2014). http://www.charteredforesters.org/icf-events/national-conference/tpbeii-resources/